Earth Day poster contest a way to get students involved in protecting the environment
Earth Day is Monday, April 22. In conjunction with this day, I have invited schools throughout my district to participate in this year’s New York State Senate Earth Day Poster Celebration.
This year’s theme is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The Senate’s focus is to emphasize the importance of recycling and waste reduction, to encourage the exchange of ideas about recycling and waste reduction among schools, children and adults and to stimulate creative thinking about solutions to problems concerning recycling and waste reduction.
I am asking students in kindergarten through sixth grade to create a poster that could be used as part of this campaign. Our goal is to encourage children to develop an awareness of the environment and its resources. Teaching children about the importance of recycling and waste reduction is critical as we face the environmental challenges of the 21st Century.
Schools wishing to participate in this year’s event must submit their entries by April 17 to my website, www.nysenate.gov/senators/joseph-griffo. Posters will be displayed on my website and each student will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation.
I have made, and continue to make, improving our environment a top priority during my time in office. In last year’s budget, for instance, I helped secure a record amount of funding for the Environmental Protection Fund. This continues the implementation of the historic $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Bond Act and supports important initiatives to protect drinking water quality and environmental health.
Although Earth Day falls on April 22, it is important that we are mindful every day about how we can protect our environment.
It is important to remember that we always have an impact on our surroundings no matter how small we think it may be. By doing what we can to keep our air, land and water as clean as possible, we can ensure that future generations will also be able to enjoy everything that Earth has to offer.